Asked on Apr 2, 2020

What to charge

JaniceKelli L. MilliganCindy


I am at a loss as to what to charge to paint this. 4ft T x 2ft 10" W and 15" Plus the shelves.

9 answers
  • There are lots of helpful websites that can assist in calculating fees. Search freelancing calculators or generally “what to charge” and I’m sure you’ll find some good guidance.

  • Gk
    on Apr 3, 2020

    That will be so beautiful when it's done! What you charge for this depends on A LOT of things! How much you paid for this piece, where you live and how/where you plan on selling it. I sell things in both a consignment store/they get a percentage of your sales and at various inside/outside craft shows where you pay a small fee to be a vendor. The consignment store will ask for a bit more/quite a bit more and sometimes things sell quickly and other times not. You have to have the right person at the right time fall in love with your piece. Summer is the best season for big items or at special times of the year like hunting season where they have Ladies Day Out Shop Hops and many consignment stores participate and you can go store to store to shop . This is a big piece so it's easier to sell at a consignment store and have someone make a special trip to pick it up. I do sell most of my things faster at craft shows but selling big things can be a bit harder because most people want to take it with them that day and are not prepared to haul big things away. I have offered to deliver free locally when someone is on the fence in order to make a sale! I try to add up the cost of the piece, and the products I use and charge at least 50% more and sometimes 60 to 70% more. Obviously if you find a good bargain/good pick and you don't pay much you will make more money. Free picks are the BEST way to make some money! I live in a rural area where things go for far less money than in a larger metropolitan area. Tourists may pay more than locals. Things on the East and West coast sell for considerably more that in the Midwest. I have never had any luck at all with selling big items on Craigslist of any local websites. Have fun with this piece! I LOVE it! are just painting it...50.00 to a 100.00... depending on where you live.

  • Cheryl A
    Cheryl A
    on Apr 3, 2020

    you could try looking for similar items online in your area to see what people are charging- I know in my area the prices vary on something like this and it depends on if you are painting it for someone else or if this piece belongs to you and you are redoing to sell. Good luck on your venture

  • Mogie
    on Apr 3, 2020

    My house is modern farmhouse. I would take the glass out and put chicken wire in it's place. Save the glass if you decide to add it again. You can strip and paint this. That would give it a whole new look. What other colors are you using in that room?

  • Vimarhonor
    on Apr 3, 2020

    Hello. I might suggest to have a look at this blogger transformation projects and see if her aesthetic and color choices may appeal to you.

  • Cindy
    on Apr 3, 2020

    Calculating a price depends on what your local market calls for. Find out what other artists are charging by going to flea markets, thrift stores, farmer's markets, Good Will, etc. Also consider how much time you have invested in this piece and what it's worth.

  • Kelli L. Milligan
    Kelli L. Milligan
    on Apr 3, 2020

    Hard to give advice not knowing where you live or the market. If painting for a client or resale I try to get at least $25 hour plus materials.

  • Janice
    on Apr 5, 2020

    My daughter in law recently had a 8-drawer low dresser painted and she paid the painter $250. It was not an antique but a very well constructed wood piece and she was estatic with the outcome (pretty grey) and felt the price was quite reasonable. In fact she is going to have an older bedroom set painted by the same person because the first peice came out so well. The ones to be painted are the old-style curved drawer ones and I can hardly wait to see what color she decides to have them painted. Don't sell your work too short!

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